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November 15, 2011

Duke Recognizes National Academy of Engineering Members

On November 4, Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering unveiled a new awards wall honoring the 23 alumni and faculty who have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering to date. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer. [...]

November 14, 2011

Tracking Dragonflies on the Wing

Duke University electrical engineers have developed a wirelessly powered telemetry system that is light and powerful enough to allow scientists to study the intricate neurological activity of dragonflies as they capture prey on the wing. Past studies of insect behavior have been limited by the fact [...]

November 01, 2011

Duke ECE Newsletter 2011

Download the Duke Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 2011 newsletter. 2011 ECE Newsletter (PDF)

October 07, 2011

Mine Detection Software Identifies Cancer Cells

Medical researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have demonstrated that software developed by a Duke University electrical engineer for finding and recognizing undersea mines can help doctors identify and classify cancer-related cells. As it turns out, the problem that physicians encounter in [...]

August 11, 2011

Effortless Sailing with Fluid Flow Cloak

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke engineers have already shown that they can “cloak” light and sound, making objects invisible -- now, they have demonstrated the theoretical ability to significantly increase the efficiency of ships by tricking the surrounding water into staying still. “Ships expend a great deal [...]

August 01, 2011

Manipulating Light at Will

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke electrical engineers have developed a man-made material that they say literally allows them to manipulate light at will. They say that the results of their latest proof-of-concept experiments could lead to the replacement of electrical components with those based on optical [...]

July 27, 2011

A Fractal Design Approach to Ease Verification

In 1994, a small glitch was uncovered in a floating point unit in the Pentium P5 microprocessor. Unfortunately, it wasn’t detected until after it had been installed in countless computers, which forced the company to take a $475 million charge to replace the faulty components. Somehow, the defect [...]

June 30, 2011

WiFi "Napping" Doubles Phone Battery Life

DURHAM, N.C. – A Duke University graduate student has found ways to double the battery life of mobile devices – such as smartphones or laptop computers – by making changes to WiFi technology. Wifi is a popular wireless technology that helps users download information from the Internet. Such [...]

June 30, 2011

Acoustical Cloaking Achieved

After already showing that simple man-made materials can be employed as invisibility cloaks or used to facilitate wireless power transmission, Duke University engineers have now demonstrated that these same materials can also make objects invisible to sound waves. The engineers designed, built and [...]

June 29, 2011

New Smartphone App Automatically Tags Photos

DURHAM, N.C. -- So much for tagging photographs with names, locations and activities yourself – a new cell phone application can take care of that for you. The system works by taking advantage of the multiple sensors on a mobile phone, as well as those of other mobile phones in the vicinity. Dubbed [...]

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